And the Winner is……..


A local girl has been awarded a scholarship to attend a part-time theatre school for a year with The Stage newspaper, which is the oldest and most prestigious performing arts publication in the UK.

Annie Lewis, age 16 from Scotby in Carlisle, has been selected as the winner in a recent competition and will be awarded a year’s free tuition, which equates to more than 100 hours of exceptional performing arts training worth around £700.

Annie Lewis

The scholarship is in association with part-time theatre school Razzamataz Carlisle, which is part of a national network of schools that have been offering scholarships with The Stage since 2010.

For Annies winning entry, she decided to perform a lyrical dance that she choreographed herself. The judges were particularly impressed with the piece which they say really showed Annies passion for performing and real promise as a dancer.

Winning The Stage scholarship has been a huge confidence boost for Annie and means that she has the opportunity to experience all the forms of performing arts that Razzamataz offers. “I am shocked, surprised and very grateful to win this years Stage Scholarship.’’ Says winner Annie, ‘’Dancing is my passion and this award will boost my confidence and allow me to take another step further to achieve my goal of becoming a professional dancer in the future.”

Razzamataz offers exceptional part-time training in dance, drama and singing together with exciting opportunities to perform both locally and on a West End stage. Classes are for children from age 2 to 18 and allow students to experience a range of performance styles from classic West End musical theatre to street dance, pop singing and acting for camera.

As well as the scholarships with The Stage, there are also opportunities to audition for a leading talent agency where students have successfully gained work on TV, film, adverts and the professional stage.

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